The United Nations wants to send as many as 2,000 more peacekeepers to Ivory Coast as President Laurent Gbagbo maintains a blockade on the headquarters of his rival and violence flares in the west of the country.
Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo lifted a blockade on the headquarters his rival Alassane Ouattara , said Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga . A spokesman for Ouattara denied restrictions had been eased.
Security forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo , the Ivory Coast leader enmeshed in a political standoff, blocked a road leading to an Abidjan hotel where his rival Alassane Ouattara has been staying, leading to a clash between the two factions today.
Ivory Coast’s rival cabinet, backed by the United Nations and the African Union, will attempt to take control of government offices on Dec. 17, said Guillaume Soro , the prime minister chosen by Alassane Ouattara .